Boneyard: Night photography by Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer

For Immediate Release

Boneyard: Night photography by Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer

Opening Reception: Friday May 4th, 2007 from 6:30 pm to 10:30pm

Neptune Beach Amusement Museum’s
The Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Art Gallery
713 Santa Clara Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

Runs from May 4th to May 30th, 2007

In the summer of 2006 night photographers Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer were granted access to photograph “Aviation Warehouse”, a high desert airplane boneyard near El Mirage Dry Lake. This surreal location is a graveyard for every type of aircraft imaginable, from tiny Cessnas, to military fighters and transports, pre-war prop-liners, to wide-body jet airliners. Dead planes lay chopped and gutted amongst the Joshua Trees. Sheared-off noses reveal rows of empty seats and oxygen masks silently dangling. Clouds smear like ghosts and the stars arc across the sky during the long exposures.

All of the effects you’ll see were created “in camera” at the time of exposure. In some cases colored flashes and flashlights were used to complement the light of the full moon. These are not Photoshop creations.

A legend in the world of night photography, Troy Paiva has been creating colorful interpretations of the abandoned roadside west for almost 20 years. His book Lost America and www.lostamerica.com website have been an inspiration to countless night photographers.

Joe Reifer is a fine art, portrait and editorial photographer who specializes in night and low light photography. His night work focuses on abandoned places. Please visit his website www.joereifer.com and blog www.joereifer.com/words/

The Gallery

The Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Gallery is a unique underground arena for vintage pinball machines and a showcase for artists. We are in our fifth year and this is the 34th art show presented since the opening of the “Trans –View” gallery. The art shows are always free but we hope you will support the NBAM by paying the admission to the pinball arcadium and enjoy our fine selection of vintage games.

Since it is well hidden and many are not adept with map quest, here are directions: Come to Alameda via the Alameda Tube (Webster St/Oakland) and continue on Webster. After 4 signal lights, turn left onto Santa Clara. Take the first Left into the parking lot, we are in the door that opens into the lot. Although the Pinball Arcadium is open only on Friday and Saturday nights, the Gallery, in the foyer, is always viewable from 9am to 9pm daily. The Neptune Beach Amusement Museum is a 501 c 3 non profit. www.nbam.org

10 thoughts on “Boneyard: Night photography by Troy Paiva and Joe Reifer”

  1. Aviation Warehouse is much more chic than Bloomingdales, it has much better design than Armani, and the prices are even better than Wal-Mart. I’ll be at the show… with my shopping cart!

  2. Nice pictures! I’ll try to check out the show. Just out of curiosity, though, how is it better that the effects were created with flashes and flashlights and not in Photoshop?

  3. Hi George -

    Not better, just different:

    Creating surreal effects in the camera is fun and challenging, and the results are photographs.
    Creating surreal effects in Photoshop is fun and challenging, and the results are digital art.

    Cheers,

    Joe

  4. Joe,

    Congratulations! I’ve been coming to your site for months now and have really enjoyed the images and your thoughts on photography. Good luck with the show. I wish I could come and see it.

    Cheers,

    Larry

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